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Vol. 27 No. 1

Mark Ryan is Assistant Regional Counsel in the EPA Region 10 Boise Office and a member of the editorial board of Natural Resources & Environment. The views expressed here are Mr. Ryan’s alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EPA.

Who would have guessed? John Roberts joined with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to provide the fifth vote for upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA). Although the Supreme Court issues unanimous decisions in a large percentage of its cases, five to four votes are the norm on most of the weighty cases of the day. But the PPACA case may signal a change. The ideologically opposite ends of the present Court, until the PPACA case, could not come together to forge a meaningful compromise on important issues.

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